The NCHSAA board of directors held its regular spring meeting this week and the board made some big changes, especially in regards to finances and coronavirus pandemic protocols. Here are some highlights...

FINANCES: The NCHSAA made a huge financial commitment to schools, agreeing to pay for catastrophic insurance for all sanctioned sports and cheerleading, which will amount to annual savings of about $500,000 a year for schools. The board also affirmed the indefinite suspension of endowment games, which means more money will stay with schools.

COVID-19: Effective at 5 p.m. today, the NCHSAA mask mandate for outdoor sports is over, following guidance from NCDHHS released earlier this week. Outdoor athletes, coaches, and officials can still wear masks if they choose to, but it won't be mandatory during competition. Masks are still recommended on the bench if social distancing can't be achieved. In addition, coaches, athletes, and staff members who are fully vaccinated do not have to quarantine after a COVID-19 exposure unless they are symptomatic.